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Brees addresses bounties in letter to fans

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Last Friday, the NFL revealed that the Saints had maintained for three seasons a bounty system.  Earlier this week, former Saints tackle Kyle Turley called out quarterback Drew Brees, wanting to know what Brees knew about the situation.

Brees has addressed the subject in a letter posted at his website.

“There is no place in the National Football League, or any sport played at any level, for players to conspire, to be coerced, or to be incentivized to intentionally injure another player,” Brees writes.  “I did not participate in any Bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence. I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we’ve made and will continue to make.”

I have a ton of respect for Drew, and I personally like him.  But saying that he didn’t know of the “real existence” of the bounty program implies that he suspected something or heard something or perhaps should have known something about it, and that he didn’t ask any questions.

Look, I’m not trying to put words in his mouth.  But he specifically chose the phrase “real existence.”   And denying knowledge of the “real existence” of the bounty system makes roughly as much sense as asking Col. Nathan Jessup whether Private First Class William Santiago was in “grave danger.”

“As a leader of our football team, I feel comfortable in stating that I know well the integrity of our organization from the ownership level, to management, our head coach, and the players on our team,” Brees writes.  “We, as Saints players, pride ourselves on playing this game with honor and hold ourselves to a very high standard.  We also share a great sense of responsibility to our community and to each other, a strong belief in our purpose, a resiliency to overcome adversity and a work ethic and commitment to leave things better than we found them.”

Again, I like Drew.  I like him a lot.  I’ve said several times in the last two weeks that, over the last six years, he’s been the best quarterback in the NFL, better than Brady or either Manning.  But Drew may want to double check his sources when it comes to the “integrity” of the organization.

The NFL has concluded — not alleged, but concluded — that the Saints used a bounty system for three years.  The facts as determined by the league also demonstrate that multiple members of the organization lied when the league investigated the situation in 2010.

‘To our fans, please reserve judgment until the investigation is complete and the facts in their entirety are known,” Brees concludes. “We are all working diligently to find the truth in this matter and if the facts prove there was improper behavior, we will hold ourselves accountable. Until that time, we will stand together and remain united as an organization.”

One more time:  The NFL already has determined that it happened.  The league’s investigation is complete.  The facts are known.

The situation becomes even more interesting when considering that Brees, based on the letter, seems to be hoping that further investigation will exonerate everyone.  The NFLPA, based on its recent statement, seems to be accusing Saints coaches and management of wrongdoing and eventually hoping via further investigation to pin it all on the Saints and exonerate the players.

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  1. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 9, 2012 10:27 PM

    Sounds like a statement directly from his lawyer’s legal pad. Does not make him look good but like he is in CYA mode.

  2. paulitik74 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:29 PM

    The facts are known, guilt has been admitted, Drew Brees is a filthy liar.

  3. lostsok says: Mar 9, 2012 10:31 PM

    The Saints have made it clear they have no respect and little regard for Brees. Why he’s even bothering is beyond me. The best thing that happen to Drew is the leave that cesspool for a team with a modicum of class.

    Which is to say pretty much any other NFL team, Bengals excluded.

  4. daltex says: Mar 9, 2012 10:32 PM

    Damn, he knew about it…

  5. someoneimportant says: Mar 9, 2012 10:34 PM

    Brees seems like a good guy – even if his squeaky clean image is mostly irritating. That being said, he should shut his mouth (for once) and not be goaded into commenting by a whackjob never- been like Kyle Turley.

  6. bandoy767 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:37 PM

    I think your looking waay too much into his words “real existence”. It doesnt suspect that he knew about it or heard something about it.. i mean does he live in a cave? im sure it just means he knew as much as a normal person that looks at the internet.

  7. colt2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    NO way 22-27 players are ALL innocent. Some have made clear statements indicating involvement. Nice letter Brees posted, but I don’t believe everything he’s saying. Bull. Sure looked like players were laying on the dirty hits, not the Coaches. Whoever knew and physically participated will be punished. No more cover ups Brees. Too late now. More lying won’t make this go away. Nice try though.

  8. vtopa says: Mar 9, 2012 10:40 PM

    I just LOVE all the Saints haters out there. You were all so invested in having the Saints as your doormat these past years, and then they got the best QB in the league, won play-off games, broke records and took the Superbowl. Now with this overblown “bountygate” garbage the piling on starts. The hate is palpable….and pathetic.

    I got news for ya. The Saints are going to re-sign Brees and everyone will forget how difficult the negotiations were. Then, they’ll re-sign Meachem and let Nicks and Colston go. Then they’ll bring in an interior lineman in FA.

    Then? Well, here’s the story. Saints lose all their draft picks this year and the first next year. But it won’t matter. They will USE the adversity to play angry all year. The defense will be lights out. They win the Superbowl at HOME, first team ever.

    And then all of you hypocrites and loudmouths cry your eyes out.

    BANK ON IT!!

  9. jason1980 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:43 PM

    Whiny mags, the SAINTS RULE!!!!!!!

  10. savsr says: Mar 9, 2012 10:45 PM

    He spelt incentivised wrong

  11. truthfactory says: Mar 9, 2012 10:46 PM

    Sure he didnt know about it…. Just like Tom Brady didnt suspect anything when he kept getting plays called down to him in the 2nd half of every game that coincidentally exposed the weakness of the defensive play call…

    Reap the benefits of the broken rules, then just play dumb later… Typical

  12. hus10188 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:48 PM

    Drew Brees is quite simply the fakest persona in the NFL.

    I always thought Drew Brees was a phony ‘nice guy’, you can always tell who’s phony when all they do in interviews is pander to the media.

    From having his child on stage after the superbowl win (come on man…he knew exactly what he was doing, in front of a worldwide audience – he wanted to look like such a darling to the masses) and by coming out saying he joined New Orleans because it was his calling to ‘bring the city hope’, not mentioning they were the only team out there willing to offer you big bucks.

    This is the same dude that said rumors of him wanting to be exempt from receiving the franchise tag as part of the CBA talks – ‘wasn’t worth dignifying a response’ – yet here we are, a year later, and you plan on holding out after receiving the one thing you wanted no part of during the lockout all because you turned down vast sums of money because you dream of being the highest paid player at your position.

    Your the franchise QB, the leader of your team, what leader plans on blowing off camp and not joining his teammates after being tagged and getting a boatload of money.

    Not saying he is bad person but he is a definitely a phony ‘nice guy’.

    I’m a Giants fan btw not some bitter NFC South rival fan. Nice to know we have Eli, a real class act who truly thinks of himself as 1 of 53.

  13. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 10:48 PM

    It is a long-held principle in jurisprudence that a judge cannot overturn certain aspects of a trial because a judge only has a written transcript. It must adhere to the jury’s interpretation because the jury was present for all testimony and can assess demeanor, tone of voice, and context for comments. None of this can be conveyed in a written transcript. Therefore, if a judge reads in a transcript “I meant to jack him up.” He may conclude harm was intended. But if the jury sees a shrug and an expression of “gee, I wish I could” while uttering, “I meant to jack him up,” the jury draws a different conclusion. That is why interviews must accompany written evidence.

  14. jbcommonsense says: Mar 9, 2012 10:50 PM

    I’m very surprised by the cynicism here. Brees likely knew nothing about the bounties.

  15. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 10:50 PM

    the NFL is not a judicial body but it has leaked confidential, incomplete information about its allegations before conducting interviews. It would have been fine for the NFL to put interviewees on potential notice of the allegations, and perhaps, it has a duty to inform all clubs. But it was my understanding that this was meant to be confidential and necessary for the interviews to begin -despite the contention that no questions need be asked.

  16. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 10:51 PM

    The NFL has done this backward and has created a firestorm of public opinion that is hard to counter act. Hopefully, cooler, more judicious, and fair coverage and adjudication will ensue. It is my sincere desire to see journalistic integrity eclipse the fear mongering press

  17. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 10:51 PM

    Hopefully, the NFLPA can put this thing in reverse and get some clear answers. The testimony is not syncing with the documentation. Every player involved has stated that there was no intent to injure but to play a competitive game of football. Clear answers are needed. Cooler heads must prevail.

  18. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 10:51 PM

    I call upon the commissioner to use sound judgment in the future and to be fair in his administration of his duties. Additionally, I ask he personally oversee the future integrity of the referees, etc. in calling the game for the Saints defense. Once sanctions have been meted out, the reset button should be hit, and we should be treated as any other team.

  19. thejuddstir says: Mar 9, 2012 10:51 PM

    @ vtopa………….your either on to something or “on something” and I’m guessing the latter. The Saints have never had a legitimate defense and forget the bounty-gate b.s., the so-called “defense” of the saints was dictated by the saints offense. If the offense can score enough pts to make the opponents run game moot, then it’s much easier to look like a good defense. When the NFL gets done shredding the Saints immediate future, the officials will have their way with them for a year or two for the saints making the officials look like the were in on the bounty thing……

  20. trbowman says: Mar 9, 2012 10:52 PM

    To anyone who buys Brees’ story, I’ve got some ocean front property in Wyoming that may interest you…..

  21. pgui88 says: Mar 9, 2012 10:53 PM

    The media should follow his advice. What ever happened to a fair trial in today’s world?

  22. andymannfl says: Mar 9, 2012 10:53 PM

    So Drew just knew about ‘pretend’ bounties played with monopoly money that used the names of real players…Good try Drew…Kind of like you ‘chose’ the Saints right after the Dolphins opted for Culpepper a few years back…

  23. suicidalionsfan says: Mar 9, 2012 10:57 PM

    Brees ~ ” I don’t have any knowledge of the so called “bounty program” I was out having drinks with my monkey buddies, “hear no evil , see no evil, speak no evil, and I have no integrity”

  24. cheesewizer says: Mar 9, 2012 10:57 PM

    When did the NFL become the arbiter of truth? Where is the text of this conclusion from the NFL?

    Could the conclusion be that there was a bounty system?

    Could this conclusion be extended to mean “bounty system for bodily harm imposed on apposing players?”

  25. dtrb10 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:03 PM

    If they were playing fair that would have been the Vikings super bowl. Cajun cheaters!

  26. paulitik74 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:07 PM

    Fair trial? The organization has admitted guilt. Williams, Loomis, and Payton have all said as much. Brees is lying through his teeth. The only reason there is investigation is to see how far it went and to determine an appropriate punishment.

    Brees is lying.

  27. colt2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Not enough money left to sign those players. Fines will be substantial to those guilty. Not the entire team being punished here. Those who are guilty brought disgrace to your team, not everybody. ‘Vtopa’-understand why you defend your team, rightfully so. But what happened, did. The suspensions expected are going to make it rough for your team. Fines will be huge and limit contract signings. They cannot afford to pay Brees what he’s expecting. Saints are travelling down a bumpy road. Don’t get angry, some of your players did that, enjoyed it and will regret it. Don’t expect a SuperBowl win with all this crap to settle. These are serious issues that will not disappear quickly, repercussions will last for a very long time.

    P.S. Love your City, people, hospitality, great food & music. Had great time @ Mardi Gras.

  28. samapoc says: Mar 9, 2012 11:09 PM

    Who cares if Drew Brees knew? He’s a quaterback. last time I checked, qb’s could only get people on their own team injured. Next thing, we’ll see an article about how the water boy knew. Coverage on this whole supposed bounty issue is a joke.

    Bring back real football. I don’t care if people pay each other to make plays because it turns out that it’s part of their salary anyway. Get more sacks, get more money! I want to see some hitting. If people disobey the rules, fine them and move on. I’m tired of all this whining about nothing.

  29. Deb says: Mar 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    Let’s be realistic. Brees isn’t a member of the defense or the coaching staff. He wouldn’t have had direct involvement in the bounty program, but probably heard chatter around the locker room. But what was he supposed to do? He couldn’t go to the coaches–it was their program. Should he have gone to the commish or the union? About his own teammates? And would he have been able to safely continue playing in the NFL after that? It’s one thing for an assistant or a minor player to blow the whistle. It’s another for the team leader to do it. The guy was in an impossible situation.

  30. jason1214 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:13 PM

    “You can’t HANDLE the truth”

  31. mrbigass says: Mar 9, 2012 11:14 PM

    I’ve been inside an NFL locker room. I can assure you that everyone knows what everyone else is saying.

    He is a bald face liar………

  32. vikingsinla says: Mar 9, 2012 11:15 PM

    If this was going on, it would obviously have been something the defensive players organized. Plausible deniablilty.

  33. domeinate says: Mar 9, 2012 11:18 PM

    As a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and a CPA, I have had extensive training on investigations. You never rely on written documents alone but must have witness context in order to determine intent.

  34. randomguy9999 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:19 PM

    Brees is definitely saying: “yeah i heard of it but I didn’t believe it was real”

    and everyone with a brain is gonna see that for what it is:

    Brees knew it was going on and thought it was AOK to intentionally harm players as long as he didn’t have to do it or be responsible for it…. especially if it resulted in him getting a SB Ring.

  35. marcinhouston says: Mar 9, 2012 11:23 PM

    Half the league had a bounty program, they just denied its real existence with less disprovable integrity.

  36. bigred12 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:25 PM

    fantastic “a few good men” reference

  37. vtopa says: Mar 9, 2012 11:30 PM

    Colt2011 that was all class. Appreciate the sentiment…but all the same, Saints going all the way:)

  38. uscaint says: Mar 9, 2012 11:30 PM

    I’ve found it surprising given how ubiquitous the pay-for-big-hits (bounty) was around the league, that many players and coaches have come out stating that they didn’t know it was happening, or *really* happening. My guess is that Brees is being truthful, that he knew folks talked that way, but that he didn’t necessarily thing they were actually doing it. Then again, I think most of this is the fans finally getting to see how the sausage is made.

  39. ksallis says: Mar 9, 2012 11:31 PM

    Brees is no Tom Brady and should not expect his kind of money. Frankly he throws to many int’s.

  40. colt2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:32 PM

    HEY ‘domeinate’. The release of NFL Communication last Friday was the result of original investigation into allegations (Saints only) which apparently includes over 10,000 documents representing >50,000 pages. Statement has been posted on numerous sites. This investigation started to ramp up in early 2010. Saints involvement 2009-2011 3 seasons. It has since been revealed (because of Williams’ jobs in Buffalo & Washington) by numerous other players that bounty activity was in effect on those teams. These are players admissions and the confession by Williams and the joint statement apology from Saints head coach & GM that blew this into the media. NFL leaked nothing. It’s only getting started and will be taken care of by NFL and NFLPA. This is the way they do business. Many of the executive are Lawyers.

    Punishment is not just for Saints-they are first on investigation list. Williams and players drew more attention to other teams. Read the article, read them all.

  41. preventoffense says: Mar 9, 2012 11:34 PM

    pgui88 wrote:
    The media should follow his advice. What ever happened to a fair trial in today’s world?

    ……………………………………………………………

    Your post makes no sense. The “trial” is already done and all the NFL at this point is just considering the sentence.

  42. ronaldmexico says: Mar 9, 2012 11:35 PM

    The first comment had it right – sounds like it was drafted by Drew’s legal team. All that was missing was a line saying he was hoping not to miss any of the Saints upcoming “spring training”.

    Brees didn’t participate in the alleged scheme, so I doubt there will be too much inquiry into what he actually knew, but the choice to use the phrase “real evidence” was not a winner.

  43. rubbernilly says: Mar 9, 2012 11:35 PM

    He did not just “happen” upon the word “coerced.” He did not use that word in a vacuum.

    He’s part of the leadership of the NFLPA. This is part of a calculated move to deflect player responsibility onto the coaches.

    It won’t work. On so many levels, for so many reasons, it won’t work… but mostly because even if a player felt coerced by coaches to contribute to a pool of money the coaches maintained, that player could not be coerced into *taking* money from that same coach based on whatever bounty was being paid out. Just turn the money down if you don’t have the wherewithal to go to the League over it.

    Losing respect for Brees over this.

  44. rubbernilly says: Mar 9, 2012 11:41 PM

    @Deb — why not go to the coaches? If he’s a team leader, he’s a team leader. If you take Payton at his word, he didn’t know anything. So Brees could have filled him in.

    Make it clear how unacceptable the bounties are. Threaten to go higher (ownership and/or the League) if it isn’t stopped.

    It’s not like this is an episode of the Sopranos and they’re going to take a baseball bat to him. At worst, they can try to blackball him, but with the right safeguards Brees could protect himself from that.

  45. promickey says: Mar 9, 2012 11:47 PM

    Brees should fire his PR team for releases that are not believable. If Brees really cared about New Orleans he would not seek the money he is asking for. Then the Saints could keep the OL together that protects this money hungry QB.

    Instead of telling the truth players hire PR firms to fabricate stories.

  46. jonny42671 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:54 PM

    What a first class PUKE !!! Enjoy your ASTERISK Superbowl !!

  47. euphoni says: Mar 9, 2012 11:55 PM

    Why don’t you people want this comment to be posted??

    “real existence” means, opposed to the legend of bounties.

    Stop putting your words and thoughts in other peoples mouths!

  48. jcdavey2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:56 PM

    i know the chargers will always be thought of as making a mistaake for letting brees walk, despite his badly injured labrum……but we charger fans knew he was a fake and a jerk back in 2006 before free agency, when he said “sd can’t win without me”

    now you’re exposed fully breeser……..

  49. zn0rseman says: Mar 9, 2012 11:57 PM

    Williams and Sean Peyton should be suspended for at least a year. Each player who participated should get a four game suspension. The Saints should lose their 1st roun pick in 2013, their 3rd round pick in 2012 and their 2012 2nd round pick should be given to the Vikings as compensation for their stolen Lombardi Trophy. Each player who took out an opponent as part of the bounty program should be suspended for no less than the amount of time it took their victims to fully recover.

    $0.02,

    — Z

  50. descendency says: Mar 10, 2012 12:02 AM

    Now, he should address the bounties to the rest of the NFLPA Executive Committee that he sits on.

  51. johnnyb216 says: Mar 10, 2012 12:10 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Drew brees is a phony. Just ask his mother.

  52. CKL says: Mar 10, 2012 12:11 AM

    Deb says:
    Mar 9, 2012 11:12 PM
    Let’s be realistic. Brees isn’t a member of the defense or the coaching staff. He wouldn’t have had direct involvement in the bounty program, but probably heard chatter around the locker room. But what was he supposed to do? He couldn’t go to the coaches–it was their program. Should he have gone to the commish or the union? About his own teammates? And would he have been able to safely continue playing in the NFL after that? It’s one thing for an assistant or a minor player to blow the whistle. It’s another for the team leader to do it. The guy was in an impossible situation.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    The thing is that he is a union rep, and was very visible and vocal during the lockout addressing union issues,which showed a certain level of commitment to his position of union rep. This was a matter that could affect player safety, something the league and the players supposedly agree is a big concern. So if he did know (I suspect he knew but just from casual talk, not observation of its implementation, so he has plausible deniability) and did nothing either confronting teammates or coaches or whatever, he was not servicing his office of union rep properly IMO.

  53. hobbstweedle says: Mar 10, 2012 12:12 AM

    This “letter” means nothing. It’s only a self-serving attempt by “Breesus” to remind us all just how great a guy he wants us to believe he is.

    Have I told you how important I am to the NFL? Well, let me remind you: “I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we’ve made and will continue to make.”

    Did I mention how much I mean to the city? “We also share a great sense of responsibility to our community.”

    Oh, and did I mention how great I am because I spent one weekend helping rebuild a house in New Orleans after Katrina hit? “…a resiliency to overcome adversity and a work ethic and commitment to leave things better than we found them.”

    In other words, forget about this bounty stuff; just remember how great I am!

    If nothing else, this little missive from “Breesus” looks like he’s trying to play a shell game with Saints fans to keep them on his side to help apply public pressure to the Saints for a nice new lucrative contract. Sad, and pathetic.

    Next up: cue Sean Payton issuing a statement that he just absolutely knows for a fact that li’l Breesy knew nothing about this horrendous conduct.

  54. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 10, 2012 12:15 AM

    Unlike you Mike, I have little respect for him and am not surprised at all that he attempts to cover himself with the term “its real existence”. You’re a lawyer, you know what he’s up to. He knew about it all right, but he didn’t “officially” know about it. Pfffft. Maybe you have met him personally and he is a swell guy to talk to. But from where I sit he puts up a good facade, but is a phony as I have stated here before. This goes far in proving my point. And he most certainly is not the best QB of the last 6 years.

  55. naptownwarrior says: Mar 10, 2012 12:26 AM

    it is funny seeing viking fans automatically assuming that if they got by the saints in that nfc title game, they would’ve won the superbowl. the colts would’ve mopped the floor with favre’s face and the entire vikings team in that game. favre is a bigger choke artist than manning.

  56. gimmeabruschi says: Mar 10, 2012 12:27 AM

    Deb says: Mar 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    Let’s be realistic. Brees isn’t a member of the defense or the coaching staff. He wouldn’t have had direct involvement in the bounty program, but probably heard chatter around the locker room. But what was he supposed to do? He couldn’t go to the coaches–it was their program. Should he have gone to the commish or the union? About his own teammates? And would he have been able to safely continue playing in the NFL after that? It’s one thing for an assistant or a minor player to blow the whistle. It’s another for the team leader to do it. The guy was in an impossible situation.

    __________________________________

    I’ll tell you what he could have done Deb. He could have gone to coach and players if need be and said….

    “Hey you ass clowns, knock this stupid BS off. Not only is it possibly going to get all of us hammered by the league and disgrace our fans but I’m not going to stand by and watch you trying to disable the fathers and husbands who play this game. It’s not a joke. It’s evil.”

    He could have said that. That’s realistic.

  57. thcnote says: Mar 10, 2012 12:28 AM

    What a complete BOOB!

  58. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 12:49 AM

    rubbernilly says:

    @Deb — why not go to the coaches? If he’s a team leader, he’s a team leader. If you take Payton at his word, he didn’t know anything.

    Sorry, but because of the e-mail I’m not taking Payton at his word–which is disappointing because I liked Payton. Besides, I’m working on the assumption that Brees didn’t know anything definitive.

    It’s not like this is an episode of the Sopranos and they’re going to take a baseball bat to him. At worst, they can try to blackball him

    You’re too trusting. In the 80s and before, I have no doubt a guy who ratted out his teammates would have suddenly found his protection ran the wrong blocking scheme while he wound up suffering a career-ending injury. But times have changed … maybe. Heckuva risk to take though.

  59. binkystevens says: Mar 10, 2012 1:02 AM

    Mike – you say you think Drew-boo was best in the league over the last few years – better than Manning AND Brady even! – but you’re forgetting one key player: Mr.Rodgers. Better than some short stack, phony nice guy with a hatchet wound on his cheek.

  60. footballhistorian says: Mar 10, 2012 1:03 AM

    Breez is playing the “Union Leader” roll with these remarks. The next phase is going to focus on laying all the blame on the coaches…NOT the players. Don’t get me wrong – the coaches involved in this deserve to get their heads handed to them. But if I’m right in my assumption, the guys that were actually laying the wood to the “victims”, are going to try to play this like they were “saints”….god…it was there…

  61. bearsoxass says: Mar 10, 2012 1:06 AM

    Saints are MTF . Fock them

  62. theysone says: Mar 10, 2012 1:07 AM

    Granted, I haven’t liked Brees since his “we’re doing this for the fans” load of crap during the lockout last year, but this sure stinks like a CYA move.

    Drew Brees is a phony.

    I’m sure he knew about it.

  63. profootballwalk says: Mar 10, 2012 1:13 AM

    Brees was presumed innocent – until this claptrap.

    Now – guilty as sin.

  64. racksie says: Mar 10, 2012 1:15 AM

    And we have deb. Geez, lady, stick to your Steeler’s problems. Brees is in the locker room, he knew, and he just lied about IN AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT. There were warnings issued. They were ignored. There was an investigation, they lied. They were confronted about the lies. They admitted it. Brees is a fraud. Kind of like that guy who plays QB in Pittsburgh. Different situation, though. That involved defenseless women.

  65. bucfandango says: Mar 10, 2012 1:18 AM

    “Hey guys, Brees is in the shower. Let’s hurry up and pass out the cash before he gets back and sees us.”

    or….

    “Okay Drew, take your guys in the other room, the defense needs some privacy. We’ll call you when we’re done.”

    or….

    “Hey guys, what’s that big pile of cash for on the table? Oh hey Drew, we’re taking up a collection for the United Way, want in?”

  66. yevrag3535 says: Mar 10, 2012 1:36 AM

    Drew Brees is a coward. Plain and simple. He is trying to distance himself by saying he didn’t know. No way, on a team – everyone knows everything when it comes to money (pros), gifts + grades (college) and all the look the other way (highschool). Drew buy a dog, you sound scared.
    Maybe next year someone will lay you out.

  67. purpleguy says: Mar 10, 2012 1:57 AM

    I used to respect the guy until this lame statement. The investigtion is complete, it’s just that it hasn’t been made entirely public nor has the punishment been announced. Rather than making some weak statement using semantics to obfuscate the truth, if he really had the character and integrity he claims, he’d admit what we all know and the investigation proved — the Saints were aware of the bounty program.

  68. GG Eden says: Mar 10, 2012 3:00 AM

    Just thinking aloud…

    Brees flatly rejected the franchise tag. Probably wants to flee from the proverbial about to hit the Saints org. Will become an RFA. Meaning a team like the Browns can sign Brees and send the Saints a first rounder — which the NFL will then strip from the Saints for bountygate :)

  69. djaehne says: Mar 10, 2012 4:58 AM

    Say one thing and do another, right Breezy. All that talent and somehow too uninformed on his own team for three years to have known or suspected bounties. Long as you win, its ok. That is what you are showing the NFL fan base.

  70. goforthanddie says: Mar 10, 2012 6:11 AM

    I seem to dislike him more every time he speaks. He also has a holier-than-thou attitude that especially irks me.

  71. rgwhodey says: Mar 10, 2012 6:13 AM

    forget fining this team… move them to LA…

  72. JC says: Mar 10, 2012 6:59 AM

    Haven’t liked him since his “we’re all 1″ stunt he pulled a few years back. He’s fake, a punk.

  73. emmonsh says: Mar 10, 2012 7:14 AM

    i hope he gets a career ending injury first snap of regular season

  74. deeppurple23 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:14 AM

    Drew is who we thought he was, a filthy lair. He need, he just wasn’t on defense and couldn’t get in on the money.

  75. nyjetsfan08 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:15 AM

    Nevermind that the NFL concluded the Saints organization to be enforcing, or at least containing, a bounty program. Their GM, former defense coordinator and apparent ring-leader, and head coach all admitted to it, named themselves responsible, and vowed to do better! I think they are all scumbags, but, c’mon, how can Brees make such a foolish statement. What investigation does he have to do? It’ll take 10 seconds, 5 of which is walking up to his head coach and the other 5 seconds involve asking him if it’s true with Payton replying “yes”.

  76. stellarperformance says: Mar 10, 2012 7:20 AM

    This “bounty” crap is nothing more than a “swear jar” at work. It doesn’t prevent anybody from dropping an “F” bomb, and the “bounties” don’t motivate anybody to play harder than they are capable. It’s a bunch of immature young men creating drama. The NFL is licking their chops over the ability to send a message about how concerned they are about injuries. Propaganda and spin-doctoring….political science 101.

  77. jbandit2116 says: Mar 10, 2012 7:31 AM

    Mike, half these youngsters probably have mo idea what movie that’s from.

  78. wldkat says: Mar 10, 2012 7:47 AM

    I assume the bounty $$$ went back in the pot after the NFC championship game ???

  79. bluefan204 says: Mar 10, 2012 8:12 AM

    Yes, Drew, we’re all idiots, and please continue to address all of us as if we didn’t already know the facts. You’d make one heck of a politician. They make careers out of lying.

    Love,
    Everybody

  80. thejuddstir says: Mar 10, 2012 8:42 AM

    What’s up with this clown, he makes a speech as if the accusations of a bounty were just made instead of the investigation being completed and his headcoach, owner, defensive coordinator and several players already having admitted to it. As for his “real evidence”…..sounds like a former President who said it depended on “what the definition if is is” . I always thought Brees elevator went all the way up but apparently not as he foolishly falls on his sword for the Saints after the facts are in and after they dissed him with the franchise tag. I’ve heard many posters claim in the past that Brees was a “phony” and never believed it…..until now.

  81. squealerweasel says: Mar 10, 2012 8:50 AM

    Everyone in that lockerroom knew, if one side of the ball is able to get a “little more money” and another side isn’t, this isn’t good for good team chemistry, o-linemen, skill players, everyone had incentives for that pot! (from earlier post) This is BIG!!, with coaches and players contributing to fund which pays players based on game changing “plays”(sacks, ints, TFL’s, etc.) not because its morally wrong, but it circumvents the salary cap. We have no idea just how much money went out every week to players based on their performance, but that is what contract incentives and playtime bonuses at the end of the year are for, if this was a fund for “knocking opposing playmakers from the game” then suspensions beyond a season must be on the table. Now, if the allegations of “outside money” coming in to fund these bounties are true, this leaves the field of BIG and becomes HUMONGOUS. The potential to affect the outcome of an “NFL contest” by contributing a bounty fund is so damaging to the integrity of the game, the implications are frightning. Here is a example: If I bet heavily on NFL games($100,000) and I have knowledge that there is a bounty of a certain amount on a certain player, why wouldn’t I bet accordingly. If I can “hedge” my bet, by contributing to the fund I’m all in. If the NFL has concluded this investigation, trust me it travels down corridors the NFL does not want to be associated with.

  82. melikefootball says: Mar 10, 2012 9:04 AM

    Thought Brees had more class than this statement shows. Hey Brees even your coach admits it, no way no how he did not know about this. The judgement isn’t in but the facts are known, maybe Brees can’t afford a news paper to see what is going on. Come on man!

  83. nfl fan says: Mar 10, 2012 9:06 AM

    You’re such a phony Brees, just shut up and play.

  84. leatherhead9 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:09 AM

    As horrific and deplorable Hurricane Katrina was, it is sad that in its aftermath there was an underlying sense of entitlement by the Saints for the unimaginable suffering that was endured. I experienced this first hand when the Panther’s in their home opener hosted the first Saint’s game after Katrina. As I cheered for the home team, visiting Saint’s fans yelled in my face that they needed to win, and deserved to win, and how dare I favor otherwise. Though no where remotely close to the Katrina disaster, it is ironic the Saint’s defense went out of control, hell bent to injure and maim with no regard for the innocent players and fans affected. More pitiful and chillingly analogous , the self anointed saviors and publicly canonized Drew Brees and Sean Payton as leaders stood by and did nothing about the damage inflicted by the howling Saints D.

  85. GG Eden says: Mar 10, 2012 9:10 AM

    They should strip the most passing yards in a season record from Brees for his role as an NFLPA rep in knowing about the bounty. Record belongs with Marino.

  86. pbanach01 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:17 AM

    Plain and simple football is a physical sport. People are going to get hurt and players are going to be looking to make big-time hits every snap. That is how you are raised and taught to play and if that ends up hurting someone then it is part of the game. Now there is no place in the NFL for coaches using $$ incentives to intentionally hurt or injure someone. That is an absolute shame if it is true. However getting motivated to go out there and smack another player in the mouth cleanly? to play with more intensity? I have no problem with that. Brees obviously knew something was up but is it his place to come out and admit that? No. He is not a part of the defense and in nfl locker rooms the defense and the offense are two different teams. Obviously part of the same organization but they operate individually. It’s obvious he is sugar coating it to try and save face for the franchise but I don’t get why people are just blasting drew brees like he was a huge part in the BOUNTY system!!!! haha definitely no place for intentionally injuring players but anyone knows who has played competitive football knows that opposing players are going to be out to smack you especially if you are a star. Nature of the beast.

  87. cowboyscanada says: Mar 10, 2012 9:34 AM

    Brees is full of crap. How could he not of known this was goung on. He’s trying to play the “good guy” thing again and its laughable. Holding out for $MILLIONS more and basically lying to the Saints fans. I will not be surprised if later on in the investigation that Brees knew a lot more than he’s letting on.

  88. pbanach01 says: Mar 10, 2012 9:38 AM

    People are CRAZY who think brees should be severely punished!!! Did he cut block someone downfield and end their season? Was he out there putting illegal hits on people? No hes the damn qb and I know for a team most of the blame and glory goes to the qb. But people come on! It is not right or fair for a bounty system that specifically wants you to injure people to be around. It is also not right or fair for brees to be the scapegoat (although easy for everyone) and for us to assume he had extensive knowledge that the saints d was trying to hurt someone. I do not like anyone getting injured but i think this is a real eye opener for fair-weather nfl fans and they don’t know how to react. Ask majority of players and they will tell you they knew or took part in some sort of system in their careers whether college or pro that motivates you to smack the hell out of the opponent or specifically the rb or the qb or wr or whoever. PART OF THE GAME! so everyone all blasting drew brees shutup for real….we all understand politically he will get the blame cuz hes the qb and for the lame statement he made…but stripping him of any personal records or achievements? mine as well submit that script to snl.

  89. dragonfly99 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:15 AM

    It’s clever how he used the phrase “real existence”. It is as if he had heard it mentioned before in the locker room but prefered to stick his head in the sand and pretend he didn’t want to hear about it. Great player rep. It seems the NFL players and coaches have all become professional liars. Great example for all the kids out there.

  90. musicman495 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:15 AM

    emmonsh says: Mar 10, 2012 7:14 AM

    i hope he gets a career ending injury first snap of regular season
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    Yes, in the name of enforcing good sportsmanship, let’s injure the guy. Well done.

  91. crabboil says: Mar 10, 2012 10:17 AM

    And the Vikings STILL haven’t won a championship.

  92. FinFan68 says: Mar 10, 2012 10:25 AM

    Every NFL player makes in excess of $375,000 per year. To think that they would need extra money to be motivated is deplorable.

    The salary cap circumvention is an issue but not a huge one. (Player A’s $2k is already accounted for under the cap and that money can change hands several times with no true impact on the cap. Coach money is a bigger issue and outside money is even bigger.

    The problem is the mindset that intent to injure is acceptable, condoned and encouraged.

    I used to respect Brees, but after his actions and statements leading up to and throughout the work stoppage and now this, I have very little respect for the man. Sure he is a great player, but, as a man, he is a coward. He calls himself a leader and yet does not lead when it matters most. Anybody can lead when times are good. He should have said something (yes, he damn well knew what was going on). This statement is just an extension of the NFLPA’s attempt to lessen the blame on the players. That’s not leadership, Drew. It lacks honesty, integrity and honor.

  93. mialto says: Mar 10, 2012 10:28 AM

    “real existence” – Brees quote on Bounties. Written by his/or an attorney.

  94. rexryanstoecheese says: Mar 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    “I did not participate in any Bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence. ”

    ********************************************
    giving him the benefit of the doubt (which is admittedly extremely difficult to do given this CYA-hack job of a statement he and his attorneys crafted and ACTUALLY published) this phrase above implies that he knew or had heard rumors of the existence of a bounty program.
    As a member of the NFLPA, his silence on the matter for 3 years is grounds for “impeachment” from the NFLPA. If I’m a member of that union, do I really want this two-faced-politician, who’s shown his true colors with this statement representing me?

    Boy, the NFL truly does mirror American Politics and politicians- THEY ARE ALL THE SAME-CROOKS!

  95. lizzzy321 says: Mar 10, 2012 11:00 AM

    I did read the entire letter on Drew Brees website this morning and was quite disappointed. He claims not to have known, but how is that possible. Then he goes on to state that he believes there is no place in football for this kind of practice. Ok, would be good, except he goes on to say, wait for the investigation to finish before passing judgement. Well, sure, but didn’t everyone already confess? He describes the issues as ‘accusations and perceptions’, well, no not really, if they confessed to doing it already and there is physical evidence to back that up. Then he actually sticks up for his organization, and has the nerve to say he feels comfortable with the ‘integrity’ of the organization. Another quote: ‘We as Saints, play with honor.’

    I am amazed that he would attempt to present this letter to the public. Instead of putting out this PR pablum, he should have held his tongue at the very least. I have lost respect for Brees at this point. And have mounting concerns about the NFLPA and the NFL who seem to be going into high gear for trying to put a spin on everything that has happened to attempt to make them all come out smelling like a rose. Not buying it.

  96. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 12:05 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:

    He could have gone to coach and players if need be and said…. “Hey you ass clowns, knock this stupid BS off. Not only is it possibly going to get all of us hammered by the league and disgrace our fans but I’m not going to stand by and watch you trying to disable the fathers and husbands who play this game. It’s not a joke. It’s evil.”

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    Okay, I’m with you on this scenario if he knew there was a bounty program. But we don’t know that he didn’t do something along these lines. People are jumping to a lot of conclusions here.

  97. panther17 says: Mar 10, 2012 1:05 PM

    Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 12:05 PM

    gimmeabruschi says:

    He could have gone to coach and players if need be and said…. “Hey you ass clowns, knock this stupid BS off. Not only is it possibly going to get all of us hammered by the league and disgrace our fans but I’m not going to stand by and watch you trying to disable the fathers and husbands who play this game. It’s not a joke. It’s evil.”

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    Okay, I’m with you on this scenario if he knew there was a bounty program. But we don’t know that he didn’t do something along these lines. People are jumping to a lot of conclusions here.

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    Then he is lying in his “letter to the fans” in which he said he didn’t know of any real bounty program and he is just trying to save face.

  98. quittsburghstoolers says: Mar 10, 2012 1:21 PM

    After reading Brees statement I am hearing my “BS alarm” going off.

    Sounds like one of Roethlisberger’s lawyers wrote it for him…

  99. Deb says: Mar 10, 2012 4:57 PM

    @panther17 …

    I can’t think of any reason he would have know about the “real existence” of a bounty program. He’s not a member of the defense or the coaching staff and probably doesn’t hang out with defensive players. He may have heard some locker-room chatter. That being the case, he could–as gimmeabruschi suggested–have mentioned it to the coaches and said there would be hell to pay if it got out. But I don’t know what else you guys expect the Saints QB–union rep or not–to have done about a situation that didn’t directly involve him.

    You’re all real free with the judgment when it doesn’t involve you, your QB, or your team. I’m no happier about this bounty thing than anyone else. But you’re fools if you think nothing like this has ever happened anywhere else. The sticking point here is the use of outside money to finance the bounties. But rumors of teams taking out bounties on opposing players have gone around as long as I’ve been a fan.

  100. mrpowers88 says: Mar 10, 2012 5:42 PM

    I honestly think that all offensive players think there is a bounty system among the defensive players they face.

    The fact that he says “real existence,” I think, gives way to the fact that a team (his) actually got caught. Theres a difference between suspecting one exists (existence) and actually being given proof and a decision that one has existed (real existence).

    I’ve always thought Brees was a class act. One that the Saints probably dont deserve- the handling of his contract situation definitely shows that.

    Ever since that Super Bowl, fans in New Orleans have been talking about how “die hard” they have been through the years before that. Sorry, but I wouldnt ever spend money to go watch my team play and show up with a paper bag on my head, but that maybe just me.

  101. dissapointmentprone says: Mar 11, 2012 12:28 PM

    Here’s the Cliff notes version of brees’s statement;
    Words words words, more words. Thanks for the lip service brees, you phony.

  102. dukemarc says: Mar 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    My goodness Brees has got you media types fooled.

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